Ichiro Suzuki LF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 1.53)
Sabathia vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Andy Dirks LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Gerald Laird C
RHP Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00)
Scherzer vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 407 p.m., TBS
WEATHER: Beautiful. Traded a bad night for a perfect day. Very little wind.
UMPIRES: HP Jeff Nelson, 1B Gary Cederstrom, 2B Mike Winter, 3B Jeff Kellogg, LF Rob Drake, RF Sam Holbrook
THE BRIGHT SIDE: Yankees pitchers have compiled a 2.25 team ERA this postseason, their lowest mark since 1961 (1.60). The Yankees have won the World Series in each of the previous 13 postseasons they recorded a ERA under 2.50. They have held opponents to three runs or less in seven of eight games thus far, including five games of two runs or fewer.
TOP OF THE ORDER: The Yankees used three different leadoff hitters in the first three games of this series (Jeter, Ichiro and Gardner). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time the Yankees used a different leadoff hitter in three consecutive postseason games since the 2000 World Series Games 2-4: Chuck Knoblauch, Jose Vizcaino and Derek Jeter.
MUST WIN: CC Sabathia undefeated in his six road postseason starts as a Yankee, going 3-0 with a 4.19 ERA. He is undefeated over his last eight postseason starts, going 4-0 with a 3.97 ERA. He has allowed three earned runs or less in all but two of those outings.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Top of the order sent down in order. It’s a 1-2-3 top of the first and here’s CC to try to keep pace.
UPDATE, 4:22 p.m.: Good call at first, good hustle by Infante, and the Tigers have an infield single. A-Rod would have had the out, right? Think Cano would have beat that out?
UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: Infield single comes back to haunt the Yankees as Infante scores after a pair of two-out singles and it’s now 1-0 Tigers in the first.
UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: Gardner with the always popular head-first slide into first base.
UPDATE, 4:58 p.m.: Nunez reaches on an error and steals second base. With Ichiro at the plate, this might be the Yankees best shot at a run for a while.
UPDATE, 5:07 p.m.: Ichiro walks and Swisher goes down looking at an outside strike three.
UPDATE, 5:11 p.m.: No error on Teixeira, ruled a single for Fielder.
UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Sabathia doesn’t look particularly sharp, which is bad news for this slumping Yankees offense. Tigers have two on with one out in the third.
UPDATE, 5:17 p.m.: Peralta got the ball a lot better than it looked. Thought it was a shallow fly, nearly made it all the way to the warning track. Wind might be blowing up high.
UPDATE, 5:19 p.m.: Rough inning for Teixeira. That’s his first error and second bad play of the inning. Meanwhile, Sabathia’s pitch count is already up to 65.
UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Infield single by Garcia has pushed the lead to 2-0. Nunez made a pretty nifty play to give the Yankees a shot at the out, but the run scores and Teixeira’s error(s) loom large.
UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: Scherzer has a no-hitter through four innings.
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Two-run homer for Cabrera and the Tigers lead is up to 4-0. Yankees offense needs its highest-scoring game since the division series opener.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Good grief, the Tigers are really burying the Yankees now. Peralta’s two-run homer has pushed the lead to 6-0. The Tigers have 11 hits, the Yankees have none.
UPDATE, 5:48 p.m.: Eppley coming in to face Garcia with two outs in the fourth. Unreal. Sabathia is finished after just 11 ours and 93 pitches.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Eppley gets out of it, but the damage is clearly done. Six runs feels like two dozen the way this offense has been playing.
UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Sabathia line: 3.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He threw 93 pitches, 59 strikes.
UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: Nunez breaks up the no-hitter with a leadoff triple in the sixth.
UPDATE, 6:29 p.m.: Rodriguez coming up to pinch hit against Smyly.
UPDATE, 6:46 p.m.: Kick save by Joba to get the Yankees out of the sixth without another run coming around to score.
UPDATE, 7:06 p.m.: Insult to injury as former Yankees prospect Austin Jackson goes deep a half inning after Curtis Granderson struck out.